Iridescent finishes graced the runways for Spring '13 at Mulberry, Jonathan Saunders, Derek Lam, and more — and while the trend may not be for the faint of heart, one simple way to incorporate this vibrant look is with bold accessories. Today, fashion reporter Allison McNamara has an easy at-home tutorial so you can make your own metallic clutch and make the most of this cool seasonal trend. On Allison McNamara: H&M top, BaubleBar top.
You don't need to be hosting a New Year's bash to add hints of shimmer and sparkle to your space. A few glittery candles scattered on your mantel or a beaded accent pillow for your bed can make a space luxurious without feeling overdone. Check out our favorite ways to make your space shine — no disco ball needed.
There's a lot to love about metallic footwear, aside from the fact that Spring collections from Phillip Lim's to Jil Sander's made them a must have. Add to their on-trend status the fact that their shiny finish looks fantastic against tan legs (or any pretty pedicure or outfit for that matter) and their ability to go seamlessly from day to night, and we've become nearly obsessed with sandals in every metallic sheen. As for the celebrity cool factor, we've spotted Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson, even Anna Wintour showing off their high-impact versatility, and we're helping you do the same all Summer. Inside we've handpicked 10 of our favorite pairs — all you have to do is click on to slip into the trend right now.
Taking cues straight from the Spring 2012 runways — Chanel and DKNY, for example — and metallic-lovin' celebs like Felicity Jones and Elle Macpherson, it's time to fully immerse ourselves into this slick gilded trend. Suffice it to say, we've caught the metallic mania bug, and there's not a sparkly accoutrement, shiny finish, or jacquard topper we've met that we haven't liked. Day or night, a little sheen can go a long way. We love the idea of mixing a shimmery pleated skirt with preppy basics, rocking a silver-infused trouser with a flirty Spring top, or donning a floral-embellished metallic dress for a shiny take on girlier pieces. It's got an attention-grabbing luster effect but doesn't run the risk of sequin and glitter overload. Click through to see and shop 15 of our editors' need-it-now metallic picks.
>> Metallic gold — whether in the form of brocade, sequins, or lamé — is never more a wardrobe staple than this time of year. And, with the abundance of gilded looks on the runways for Spring 2012, it seems that shiny threads are definitely here to stay. Click through for 12 gorgeous ways to wear what's arguably the luxest look around — from day to night to every moment in between — as seen on the streets of recent Fashion Weeks.
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Cool metallic tones first drew us in on a few chic street stylers and fashion insiders, now heavy metal's getting major backing from a serious celebrity following. We can hardly blame them, moody mercurial shimmer makes everything look cooler — just check out Elle Macpherson's sublime silver skinnies or Kate Moss's gilded topper for the proof. In gold, silver, gunmetal, and even multihued sheen, metallics lend a touch of the whimsical and the on-trend. If you're mulling over how to wear it, look no further — just click through for ample celebrity inspiration, then shop our picks to channel the vibe.
Lamé is one of those fabrics that can go either way — totally chic or totally cheesy. When I saw Carolyn Murphy looking entirely low-key chic in her lamé harem pants in Muse, I knew I had to replicate that exact look come Spring. It's all about the mix — simple up top, snazzy on bottom. Even if you don't dare to get near lamé, invest in a metallic silver — or gold — skirt ($139, originally $198) or trousers, then finish the look off with a basic, white pocket tank ($31) and killer booties. It's total traffic-stopping appeal.
After seeing this lustrous, casually elegant lamé shirtdress from Club Monaco, we fell in love with the party-appropriate fabric. After all, 'tis the season to indulge, so why not drape yourself in some liquid metallic duds? We're so inspired, we picked out the lamé pieces we want right this second. Get in on them, too!